Read the stories that were in the May edition of the Big Thrill.
For our May issue, we interview authors with every kind of perspective imaginable. In the cover story, Charlaine Harris talks about her new mystery series—and what it was really like to live through her last series becoming a phenomenon. Heather Graham tells why she headed north, changing her fictional setting, in “Turning Point.” Marcia Clark, David Baldacci, John Sandford and John Hart each share insights into the craft they’ve developed that’s propelled them to the top of the bestseller lists. And, stepping back from current trends, we learn from editor and writer Tom Nolan on what makes Ross Macdonald a timeless classic.
In “Author Guided Tour,” Linda Fairstein takes us on a journey to some fascinating spots in New York City. Dawn Ius dances with the devil in “Trend Report,” interviewing those behind some of the hottest demon-driven stories in pop culture. And we learn about writing crime fiction set in Ghana from Kwei Quartey in “African Scene.”
This month marks the debut of our newest column, “Off the Page.” Author Michael Sears goes in-depth on the research, the creative effort, and the compassion that led to developing an autistic character in his acclaimed Jason Stafford series.
A woman-from-history trifecta awaits readers in interviews with Susanna Calkins on writing a 17th century ladies’ maid turned printer’s apprentice; Mary Sharratt on a thriller featuring a woman who may have been thisclose to William Shakespeare; and Radha Vatsal on launching a fearless woman reporter who takes on 1915 New York.
Hot off the press:
Click on the book title below to read the feature story or click here to scroll through all of this month’s articles.
- Between the Lines with Charlaine Harris, interview by Nancy Bilyeau
- Author Guided Tour: Linda Fairstein’s New York City
- Turning Point: Heather Graham Goes North
- Trend Report: The Devil Made Us Do It, by Dawn Ius
- Off the Page: Writing the Autistic Character, by Michael Sears
- Africa Scene: Kwei Quartey
- International Thrills: Obinna Udenwe
- Common Ground: Writers Answer Our Questions, by Dawn Ius
- The Last Mile by David Baldacci
- Extreme Prey by John Sandford
- Blood Defense by Marcia Clark
- The Dark Lady’s Mask by Mary Sharratt
- A Death Along the River Fleet by Susanna Calkins
- Three Minutes to Midnight by A. J. Tata
- Redemption Road by John Hart
- A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal
- Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane
- Dust Up by Jon McGoran
- Hunt the Dragon by Don Mann & Ralph Pezzullo
- Tell Me No Lies by Magnolia Smith
- His Deception by Patricia Rosemoor
- True Peril by Veronica Forand
- The Dubai Betrayal by Jeremy Burns
- The Good Spy by Jeffrey Layton
- A Parliament of Owls by Christine Goff
- See Also Deception by Larry D. Sweazy
- That Darkness by Lisa Black
- The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel
- Unloaded by Eric Beetner (editor)
- Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s by Tom Nolan (editor)
- All Things Nice by Sheila Bugler
- Get Lost by Robert Kidera
- Deadly Dunes: A Mac McClellan Mystery by E. Michael Helms
- Weave a Murderous Web by Anne Rothman-Hicks & Ken Hicks
- Journey to Death by Leigh Russell
- The Big Fear by Andrew Case
- Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano
- Mission Hill by Pamela Wechsler
- It Takes One by Kate Kessler
- Deadly Savage by Dave Edlund
- eXXXtrem by Svea Tornow
Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Daniel Palmer, Lisa Unger, John Farrow, J.T. Ellison, Brad Meltzer, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Paige Tyler, Stephen Martino, David Housewright, Karen Harper, Larry Loftis, James W. Ziskin, William Lashner, Joshua Hood, Don Helin, Addison Gunn, Sidney Williams, Mary Burton, Robert Walton and many more!
New E-Releases from ITW Members
- Terminal by Marshall Karp
- Veil of Deception by Michael Byars Lewis
- Kindred Intentions by Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli
- Uncertain Terms by Jenna Bennett
- Independence Day by Bob Mayer
- Spadefall by John Hegenberger
- Insurrectio (Roma Nova 5) by Alison Morton
- The Last Refuge by Martin Roy Hill
- Midnight Quest by Lisa Marie Rice
- Behind the Wire (A Dan Taylor thriller) by Rachel Amphlett
- See How They Run by Tom Bale
- Kentucky Woman by Mike Brogan
- How the Mighty Fall by E.J. Chadwell
- Much Ado about Highlanders by May McGoldrick
- D-Day (Time Patrol) by Bob Mayer
- Shattered Circle by John Stamp
- Sledgehammer by Paul Dale Anderson
- Resthaven by Erik Therme
- Jury of One by Charlie Cochrane
New Audio Books from ITW Members
- Cemetery Road by Tom Lowe
ThrillerFest XI: Registration is Open!
Your ThrillerFest team is already hard at work planning July’s conference where we’ll feature 2016 ThrillerMaster Heather Graham, 2016 Silver Bullet Recipient John Lescroart, and bestselling authors C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn and Walter Mosley. Like a compelling page-turner, we need to keep you in suspense, so stay tuned for more details!
Master CraftFest: Don’t miss this opportunity to study with the masters of the genre in a one-day intensive workshop to take your writing to the next level. Everyone is welcome, from beginning writers to well-established authors. The instructors this year will be Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, David Corbett, Meg Gardiner, Heather Graham, Andrew Gross, Richard Krevolin (Screen Writing) and Gayle Lynds.
CraftFest: Director D.P. Lyle, M.D. is already recruiting talented teachers to broaden your knowledge about the craft of writing as well as experts in fields like forensics and firearms so you can get the facts right in your novel.
PitchFest: PitchFest is dedicated to pitching your project face-to-face to agents, editors, and producers. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for writers looking to get or change agents. Check out some success stories!
ThrillerFest: We’re planning some phenomenal panels, always trying to innovate and entertain. Join us for the spotlight interviews, cocktail parties, workshops, and fabulous networking opportunities. Please check the volunteer box during registration, as it’s a great way to make new friends and help out ITW.
The Thriller Roundtable
Whether you’re a fan or an author, you’ll want to join the Thriller Roundtable discussions at The Big Thrill website, where each week a new group of authors discuss everything from what they love about writing thrillers, to what they’ve learned, and more.
Check out what’s in store for May. It’s going to be a thriller!
May 2 – 8: “Characters in thrillers seem far too active to be couch potatoes. So what are your characters’ favorite activities?”
May 9 – 15: “What are your favorite places for settings and why? They can be cities, regions or countries.”
May 16 – 22: “Developing the antagonist when a love interest goes bad: are broken-hearted villains suspenseful?”
May 23 – 29: “Clues foreshadow how plots unfold and characters react. What is the best clue you have inserted into a novel as a writer?”
May 30 – June 5: “When developing characters, do you start from scratch or use models (like real people or movie stars) to build from?”
Authors, don’t miss this promotional opportunity! Participate in the Thriller Roundtable by contacting J.H. Bográn.
The Neverending Book Giveaway
If you’re a thriller fan who likes to win free books, be sure to check out the Neverending Book Giveaway on The Big Thrill website. Sign up for as many of the contests as you like! Just post a reply, and you’re entered!
Don’t forget to scroll down the list of contests or CLICK HERE for more contests and giveaways so you don’t miss any. (Tip: to shorten the display, click “Toggle Comment Threads.”) And because this book giveaway is “neverending,” be sure to check back often to enter the latest drawings!
Congratulations to Julie Cooper, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Julie will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including A Death Along the River Fleet by Susan Calkins, The Complaint by Tom Breen, Still Life by DB Kennison, The Mask of Minos by Robert Walton, The Good Spy by Jeffrey Layton, Braking for Bodies by Duffy Brown and Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (unsigned).
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